Academics

Why Study at Ball State?

Big + Small

We’re large enough to offer you hundreds of majors and degree programs to choose from and lots of hands-on educational opportunities. But we’re small enough to give you the personalized learning you want. Professors will know your name and leave their office doors open. And your academic advisor will help you map out an academic plan based on your personal goals—and help you with course corrections if your goals change. Our facilities rival those of the biggest and best in the country—an art museum, leading-edge TV and radio studios, a completely renovated stadium, and an 11,500-seat arena—but our campus is small enough that you can stroll across it within 15 minutes.

Village + World

In the classroom, across the state, throughout the country, and around the world—Ball State students are learning. Our campus is steeped in heritage but it packs some unbelievable technology and educational opportunities. Our journalism majors run their own full-service newsroom. The shelves in our telecommunications department are stocked full of regional Emmys. Our Human Performance Lab supports nationally recognized student and faculty research on exercise and work performance. Our acclaimed Global Media Network allows classes to interact and collaborate in real time with students and faculty from other universities around the world. But our connection to the world isn’t just “virtual,” students of all majors participate in our study abroad opportunities and specific department programs such as CapAsia.

People + Ideas

An entrepreneurial education starts with entrepreneurial thinkers. At Ball State, you’ll collaborate with professors and classmates on projects that interest and inspire you—such as the Middletown Media Studies, which helped figure out America’s media habits by studying century-old library records. You can also learn by making a difference. For instance, education majors work in more than 30 Ball State sponsored Charter Schools that help reengage students who struggle in the traditional educational setting. These immersive learning opportunities breed a confidence that most college student don’t get until years into their careers.